YEAR: 1984

SINGLES: "Run to You", "Somebody", "Heaven", "Summer of '69", "One Night Love Affair," "It's Only Love"

BACKGROUND: What do Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams have in common? They were the first three artists in music history to have six top 15 Billboard singles from the same album, which puts Reckless in the same category as Thriller and Born in the USA.

Add to that the 12 million-plus copies sold, the fact it became the first Canadian album to sell a million copies nationally, that it topped the Billboard 200, that it was an international hit, that it was honoured with its own anniversary tour last year and spawned some of rock and roll’s most classic tunes – including “Summer of ’69” – and what more is there to say?

Jim Vallance noted: “Bryan Adams and I wrote "Summer Of '69" in my basement studio in January 1984. During the next month or two the song went through a number of musical and lyrical changes, and we still weren't convinced it was strong enough to include on Bryan's Reckless album.” Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20.

For a complete line-by-line breakdown of the song from Vallance, click here.

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